Cian Bohane leads an exciting Irish selection which features young prospects like IT Carlow prop Ntinga Mpiko, Dublin University flanker Sam Pim and UCC out-half James Taylor.

“Like the Club International side, the Ireland Students team is a wonderful opportunity for amateur players to showcase their talents in an international setting,” said head coach David O’Mahony, the former Munster, Leinster and Ireland scrum-half.

“For guys who missed the professional boat or, like Cian, opted to focus on a career outside professional rugby, it is a tremendous honour. There is a lot of talent in the amateur game in Ireland, particularly in third level rugby, and we are hoping games like this international in Scotland can help student internationals become a regular feature again.”

There will be a special feature on the Ireland Students on next Monday night’s ‘Against The Head’ programme on RTÉ 2, including footage from the match against Scotland in Edinburgh.

Ireland Students (v Scotland Students)

15. Richard Walsh (UCC)
14. Steven Kilgallen (UCD)
13. Cian Bohane (UCC) CAPTAIN
12. Paul Kiernan (UCC)
11. Michael Courtney (Dublin University)
10. James Taylor (UCC)
9. Rowan Osborne (Dublin University)
1. Ntinga Mpiko (IT Carlow)
2. Ty Chan (UL)
3. Michael Moynihan (UCD)
4. JJ O’Dea (DCU)
5. Lee Nicholas (University of Limerick)
6. Sam Pim (Dublin University)
7. Paddy Thornton (DCU)
8. Jack O’Sullivan (DBS)


16. Tadhg McCarthy (UCC)
17. James Bollard (DIT)
18. Anton Lupart (University of Ulster)
19. Ryan Murphy (UCC)
20. Alex Penny (UCD)
21. Gerard Treanor (Queen’s University)
22. Fergal Cleary (DIT)
23. Colm Mulcahy (UCD)